Ten Hag and Hojlund Agree on Where Man United Went Wrong in UCL Clash Against Copenhagen

Ten Hag and Hojlund Agree on Where Man United Went Wrong in UCL Clash Against Copenhagen

Elijah Odetokun
updated at November 9, 2023 at 8:34 AM
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  • Copenhagen won a seven-goal thriller against Manchester United
  • The Danish team fought back from going two goals down early on
  • Erik ten Hag and Rasmus Hojlund agree on what had gone wrong

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag and striker, Rasmus Hojlund have spoken in unison about what went bad for the team in the 4-3 loss at Copenhagen.

The Dane gave United a two-goal lead in the first half but saw the team go into half-time level at 2-2 after Marcus Rashford's red card and Harry Maguire conceding a penalty.

Maguire won a penalty in the second half for Bruno Fernandes to restore the lead, but the home side responded with two late goals to send the visitors back to England empty-handed.

Erik ten Hag, Rasmus Hojlund, Manchester United, UEFA Champions League, Copenhagen.
Erik ten Hag and Rasmus Hojlund discussing during Manchester United's 4-3 loss to Copenhagen. Photo by Maja Hitij.
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It was United's ninth defeat in 17 games in all competitions this season. Per ESPN UK, the last time they started a season as such was 1973/74, in which they were relegated.

Ten Hag and Hojlund agree

Ten Hag had mixed emotions after the game; he took positives from his team's spirited performance, was livid at the level of officiating, and also pointed out lapses by his team.

"Before the red card, we played very good - the best minute from us this season. But the red card changed everything," he told CBS Sports Golazo.
"We switched off on certain occasions. It shouldn't have happened, but the positives we take from this is that we played very well with 11 against 11."

Hojlund, returning to his former club, scored twice to take his UCL tally this season to five goals. He admitted he had bad feelings about his goal not being enough to get the job done again.

"We need to do better. They can't come back in a game like this," he said.

Coming up next for United in the league is Luton Town's visit to Old Trafford before the international break - a team they must be wary of after their hard-fought draw against Liverpool.

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Man Utd set unwanted UCL record

Sports Brief also reported on United setting an unwanted UCL record after their 4-3 loss to Copenhagen, in which they conceded one of their goals from the penalty spot.

They have conceded one penalty each in their four group games this season, and two have been scored; Andre Onana saved one, while Mauro Icardi missed the other.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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